When: 7 PM EST, Friday, January 11th
Where: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
How to watch: FS1 (Tim Brando and Donny Marshall)
The Indiana Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1) will travel to College Park on Friday to take on the Maryland Terrapins (13-3, 4-1) as they look to avoid a second straight loss. Maryland comes into this game winners of four straight, including a 15-point road win against Minnesota that is sure to boost their confidence.
The Terrapins are led by Junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., who leads the team in both scoring and assists, at 17.2 and 4.4 per game apiece. Joining Cowan Jr. in the backcourt is Freshmen guard Eric Ayala, who averages 9.0 points per game, as well as leads his team in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 48% from behind the arc. Rounding out the backcourt for Maryland is 6’5 wing Darry Morsell, who does most of his work around the rim, and averages 8.5 points per game.
Maryland also boasts an impressive frontcourt, led by the duo of Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith. Fernando is one of only three players to average a double-double in the Big Ten, putting up 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on the season. Smith, a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, has lived up to his billing averaging 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his Freshmen season.
One of the biggest challenges for the Hoosiers will be rebounding the basketball, an area they have struggled in so far this season. Maryland sits at first in the conference in defensive rebounds per game, and second in the conference in offensive rebounds per game. Indiana struggled to keep Michigan off the glass in their most recent game, and Maryland will be a significant challenge in that area as well.
Offensively, Maryland is a team that is going to want to work through their big men in the post and attack the rim often. They are not a big three-point shooting team, shooting just 35.4% from behind the arc, good for 9th in the conference. However, despite that, they still shoot 48.4% from the field overall, good for 4th in the conference, because of their size and length making them good finishers at the rim.
Defensively the Terrapins sit at about league average in most statistics and is an area an efficient Indiana offense should be able to find success in. Maryland sits at 8th in the conference in points allowed, allowing 65.6 per game. They also sit at 5th in the conference in field-goal percentage defense, as well as 9th in three-point percentage defense.
As for the Hoosiers, the big storyline coming into the game has to do with the health of the team, as both big man De’Ron Davis and Freshmen guard Rob Phinisee are questionable heading into Friday’s game. Both players missed the Michigan game, but Indiana is hopeful to have them back against the Terrapins.
Following the Maryland game, Indiana will return to Bloomington as they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Monday night.